Apr 09, 2014 Don’t fall on your own sword in criminal court – Fight tooth and nail
Recently I posted the following on Twitter and Facebook: Even if a person has indeed committed a crime, s/he should not fall on his or her sword. Fight the charge unless it gets favorably settled.
A non-lawyer dissented, placing a high value on accepting responsibility when one commits a crime.
I responded: Plenty of people are prosecuted through violations of their right to remain silent and their right against unlawful searches. Too many are prosecuted through trumped up charges.
Too many are unjustly incarcerated — while presumed innocent — pending trial. Too many are sentenced totally out of proportion to their actions and history, and too many for racist reasons. Too many people are sent to death row, when capital punishment is a barbaric act that must be eliminated. All prosecuted people would be foolish not to fight their prosecutions tooth and nail.